The Sunshine Blogger Award

Mini Reviews-2Thanks so much to Breanna at Pages Bound Together for nominating me to complete the Sunshine Blogger Award! Please be sure to visit her lovely blog ❤ I haven’t done many awards lately. Things have just been so crazy with work that the blog really hasn’t gotten the love and attention that it deserves. So, with a few days off I’m taking full advantage of not having any school related work to complete. Yay for awards! 🙂


Rules:

1. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.
2. Nominate 11 blogs.
3. Ask them 11 questions.


Questions:

1. What’s the book that got you into reading?

The Harry Potter series is what got me excited about reading. Before discovering the first book reading was boring or something I had to do for school. They really changed everything for me!

2. Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a beagle named Toto. He’s a tiny little monster but I love him so much. With him there’s never a dull moment and I’ve been so happy since he’s come into my life.

3. What is your favourite hobby (besides reading)?

I enjoy running, making music playlists and traveling.

4. If you could explore one country, what would it be?

Ahhh…there are so many countries I still need to visit. I’d say Egypt. I’ve been fascinated with its history since I was really young. I actually wanted to become an Egyptologist when I first entered university. It didn’t end up being for me so I switched my major to history, but my love for all things Egypt hasn’t changed at all.

5. What’s the best thing about blogging?

I’ve met some fantastic people and have learned about a lot of books I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise. The fact that I can interact with authors has been a huge bonus.

6. What book are you reading right now?

I’ve finally picked up a history book! It’s felt like ages since I’ve read one for fun. Right now, I’m reading The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones. Jones is a fantastic TV presenter and historian. I really loved his shows and his enthusiasm has really translated well onto the page.

7. Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie adaptation first?

I always prefer reading the book first although it often ruins how much I enjoy the movie. The book is always better!! 😛

8. What’s your favourite genre of books?

Fantasy for sure! I also enjoy science fiction and graphic novels.

9. Which fictional world would you choose to live in?

It’s kind of dangerous but I would love to live in Ravka. Leigh Bardugo just created such an interesting and beautiful world.

10. How many languages do you speak?

I speak English, Arabic and I’m currently learning Spanish.

11. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate!


My Questions:

1. How often do you update your blog?

2. What’s the last book that you bought because of its amazing cover artwork?

3. Favourite historical time period?

4. Most disappointing read so far in 2017?

5. What did you do during your last vacation?

6. Pirates or assassins?

7. A series that you used to love but don’t anymore?

8. What’s the longest book that you own?

9. Which book do you plan on reading next?

10. Unicorns or mermaids?

11. Least favourite genre? Why?


Nominations:

The Book Fests Award

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Thanks so much to Tiana at The Book Raven for nominating me! Also, please go check out her blog, it’s beautiful! I’m really late in doing this but better late than never right? 🙂

Rules:

  • It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.
  • Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  • Write a Fifty Word Story, because it’s fun.
  • Award five or more bloggers with this award.
  • Ask them a question of your making you would like them to answer.

Question:

Q: What is your favorite quote from the book you most recently read? What does that quote mean to you?

A: I recently bought a physical copy of The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. It’s such a beautiful and very emotional collection of poetry. Every single poem made me feel something so deep. It’s difficult to completely explain. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Seriously!

This particular poem really stood out for me…

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50ish Word Story:

Breathe in. Breathe out. She repeated those words over and over again inside her head. However, her body had other ideas. Her skin felt clammy, her hands shook and her legs felt wobbly. It was just a speech. It wasn’t as if it was the end of the world. She would stand up in front of the class, say a few words and then sit down. No big deal…right?


My Question & Nominations

Have you ever had a book, character or specific passage change the way you think about the world or yourself? If so, please explain how it impacted your life.

The Mystery Blogger Award

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I wasn’t actually tagged to do this one but I saw it on The Jouska‘s blog and decided to do it as well. Go check out her blog if you haven’t yet. It’s totally wonderful. ❤


Questions:

1. What’s your best quality?
I learn things very quickly. Once I’ve read about it or seen it once everything sticks. This has been very helpful when it comes to learning dates and statistics in history and computer programs for work. It also means that I can help others, which I love doing.

2.What’s your worst quality?
I’m terribly shy, especially in situations when I have to meet with new people. My shyness is often interpreted as being cold or uninterested, which is very far from the truth. So, people end up thinking that’s how I am as a person and I hate it. I can’t help it. I just need time to become comfortable. I’m really a nice and loving person. Ugh!

3. What’s the best excuse that you’ve ever made to get out of a meeting/event/party?
Oh, I’m totally the queen of lame excuses. Seriously, I shouldn’t even try. 😛

4. Would you rather have the ability to become invisible or have an invincible strength?
Invisibility would be a very cool ability to have! I could easily avoid things that I don’t want to do or become a really good spy. The options are limitless!

5. Are you fond of pets?
Yes, I’ve always had pets growing up. I had a budgie, tons of fish and a golden retriever. Right now, my husband and I have a beagle named Toto.


My Questions:

1. Favourite fantasy sport or game from a book or movie?
2. Name 3 items that you always need to have with you when you leave your house.
3. What item do you constantly misplace?
4. Silver or gold jewellery?
5. Aisle or window seat while on an airplane?


Tags:

The Totally Should Have Book Tag

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Thank you to the lovely Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me. Please take the time to check out her blog, you won’t regret it ❤ I’m horrible at keeping up with tags. I see them, plan on doing them and then forget. Ugh! But I’m really happy this one was brought to my attention. It was tons of fun to answer.


Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

This is really hard! I can’t think of a standalone that needed a sequel. If I liked the book it was probably because it was complete and well imagined. If I didn’t like it well…then why would I want to read the sequel?

Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series

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I would totally love to have a story featuring Inej as a kickass crime fighter. Or just based on any character form the Six of Crows series. Even better, can’t we just have more stories with everyone in them? A girl can always dream *sigh*

An author that totally should write more books

I loved Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Assassin’s Curse duology and as well as The Wizard’s Promise but she hasn’t released a book in a long time. I love her worlds and fascinating characters. There is hope though as she does have a few books scheduled for release this year. If you haven’t read The Assassin’s Curse then you are seriously missing out!

A character that totally should’ve ended up with someone else

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Alina totally deserved a better love interest! Mal was boring and an all around blah type of character. I would have loved to see her end up with Nikolai. He was all lighthearted and fun to her doom and gloom. Their interactions were some of my favourite in the books.

Totally should’ve ended differently

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I loved this book but would have liked a different ending for the main character. I don’t want to spoil anything but she deserved better! My poor ship! But…if it ended differently then there would’t have been a sequel.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

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Action, romance, political intrigue…these books seriously have it all! I would totally be first in line to see them on the big screen. 🙂

Totally should’ve had only one point of view

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Maybe if the story would have only been told from Elias’ perspective I would have liked it a lot more. I couldn’t stand Laia at all. She was whinny and made so many stupid decisions…like WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?! Ugh! 😦

Totally should’ve had a cover change

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This book, along with a dozen other medieval-fantasy and historical fiction stories, have used this cover model/image on their covers. ENOUGH ALREADY!

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

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The new North American covers are alright but these are just so much better. The cover for Rebel of the Sands was one of my favourite from last year. I love how it shimmers in the light. Why do publishers insist on changing covers midway through a series? I’ll never understand it.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

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I really enjoyed Divergent but hated the other two books in the series. BIG, MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENTS! I’m still not over how much I hated Allegiant.


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The Happiness Tag

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Thank you to the lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me!  If you haven’t visited her blog before, do it now! She’s one of the nicest people I have met while blogging ❤ So, this tag (as the title suggests) is all about things that make me happy. Believe it or not but I find these types of tags to be really difficult. What does make me happy? Why doe sit make me happy. I’m not good at talking about myself. It makes me feel all awkward but here are some of the things that bring some sunshine into my life…


List Five Things That Make You Happy

  • My morning cup (or I should say cups) of coffee. During the week I’ll have it in my classroom before all of my students come. I’m usually at work early to avoid the rush hour traffic and the school is super quiet. On the weekends I’ll sit outside with my cup and watch my dog run around the yard. It’s nice to have those moments of rest before the rest of day sweeps you up in its non-stop march of meetings, classes, emails, etc.
  • The feeling that I get when I run makes me beyond happy. I’ve now been running (and enjoying it) for eight months. I can’t even properly explain the relief I feel when I run. It’s as if all of my stress and tension completely disappears. I feel so free!
  • Singing along to music in the car always makes me happy. I seriously have the worst singing voice, but with the windows up nobody has to hear me and I can just sing along without a care. It’s especially great after a bad day at work. 🙂
  • Friday night date night or dinners with my husband never fail to make me happy. We are both so busy during the week. Friday night is our designated “us” time. We go out for dinner, dancing or to the movies. It’s something I really look forward to each week.
  • Putting together music playlists brings me a whole lot of happiness. I like sharing music with others and having been creating them for friends and family since I was in high school. My music tastes are all of the place. I listen to a variety of music, but R&B just isn’t my thing. So, if you have any music suggestions I’d love to hear them!

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

All of these songs, no matter what, always bring a smile to my face! Click on the link to hear the song on YouTube.

  • Shape of You by Ed Sheeran (x)
  • Laura Palmer by Bastille (x)
  • Nowhere With You by Joel Plaskett Emergency (x)
  • Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue (x)
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (x)

My Tags:

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I haven’t done a tag in a while and I saw this one on the Orang-utan Librarian. It looked like tons of fun so I naturally decided to do it myself. 🙂


eBooks or physical books?

I prefer physical books (there’s nothing like feeling the weight of it and turning the pages), but often end up reading eBooks more. It really depends on the situation as well. If I’m traveling I’m probably going to bring my Kindle to save room. I usually purchase physical books from authors I know I love. I’m totally running out of space on my shelves.

Paperback or hardback?

Hardback please! They just look so much nicer and I love how there is usually some kind of spine design when you remove the dustcover. LOVE IT!

Online or in-store book shopping?

Oooooh….I can spend hours in a bookstore but I usually spend less money. Maybe it’s because I can visually see the amount of books I want or how heavy they are? I have no idea. Online shopping is so, so dangerous! The one-click system on Amazon is made it so I just buy without thinking, especially during sales. I have a problem hahaha!

Trilogies or series?

Trilogies because a series just takes too much time. I usually give up after the third book anyway.

Heroes or villains?

I’m all for cheering on the hero of the story, but a good villain is always a whole lot of fun! The Darkling anyone?

A book you want everyone to read?

This question is really hard! There are just so many. Where do I even start? I can’t…I just can’t pick one!

Recommend an underrated book.

I can do better than just recommend one! Check out this TTT where I list ten underrated books from 2016.

The last book you finished?

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Ummm…my electricity bill which I then couldn’t find, ran around the house looking for, freaked out and caused a scene only to realize that it was the paper I folded up and stuck in my book. Oops!

Used books, yes or no?

Sure! Some of the best books I received growing up were found at used book stores or garage sales.

Top three favorite genres?

Fantasy, contemporary and science fiction. Oh and graphic novels! (Yes, I know that’s four. It’s too hard to pick just three.)

Borrow or buy?

I’ll borrow books that I’m unsure about, but totally buy books by authors I adore. I have tons of amazing YA books in my classroom library and will borrow from there when my students recommend a particular title. So, I’ll do a bit of both.

Characters or plot?

Ideally both please! That’s what makes a book good. Right?

Long or short book?

Short for sure. If it’s too long I usually won’t pick it up.

Long or short chapters?

Again, short. It keeps the flow of the book going and makes me feel like I’m making a dent in the page count.

Name the first three books you think of.

The two books I’m writing reviews for and one that I’ve been trying to read for weeks now…

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I tend to read books that make me cry. Everyone needs a good cry every once in a while.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional worlds for sure! I read for an escape, to be swept away by a world of kings and queens, mythical creatures, magic…

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Nope. I’ve tried but it’s just not the same.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

YES! All of the time. I buy books a lot of the time based on their cover, which has more or less worked out well for me. If the cover is ugly I probably won’t want to read it. I’m a cover snob 😦

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Book to movie adaptions are usually disappointing. There just isn’t enough time to do the complex plots properly. So…I guess TV? Even then I’m not totally sold. I’ll just stick with the book thank you very much.

Series or standalone?

I’m all for duologies now. It allows the author to further develop the world, characters, etc. without dragging it out for too long. If a series is more than three books I usually lose interest.


Tagging…

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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THANK YOU to Azia at the Uncharted Word for nominating me for the The Black Cat Blue Sea Award! Please visit her lovely blog. She’s a super sweet person and I really enjoy the way she writes. Be sure to check out her short stories and classic book review. ❤

According to Azia’s post, this award is “for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the three questions posed by the nominator
  3. Nominate eight other bloggers and provide them with your own three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Azia’s Questions:

  1. Why and when did you begin blogging? I started blogging in this past January. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year! Time really does fly. I started blogging because I obviously love books and wanted a place to discuss, rant and rave about them. I had been following bookish Twitter account for a while and had always posted reviews on Goodreads so it seemed like a logical step forward.
  2. Are there any books/places you re-read/revisit for a special occasion or season (i.e. winter/the holidays)? I don’t read books over very often. It’s mostly just Jane Austen books which I read depending on my mood. I’m a huge mood reader.
  3. Do you have more fun ranting about a book or raving about it in your reviews? Oh, it depends on the book! There have been books that have made me really angry. I find it much easier to go on and on about things I don’t like. I fangirl inside but have difficulty translating it into writing for some odd reason.

My Questions:

  1. How often do you change the design of your blog?
  2. Which book would you like to see turned into a graphic novel? Why?
  3. Have you ever dressed up like a bookish character for Halloween? If so, which one?

My Nominations: